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Rice University

World Rankings

  • QS World University Ranking (2017–18) 89
  • THE World University Ranking (2017–18) 86

Entry Requirements

  • Students are expected to have completed the secondary education that will best prepare them and supply their grades.
  • They are expected to have proficiency in English and have studied maths, a foreign language, laboratory science and social science. 
  • Entry is via the Common Application (online), with a Rice Supplement.
  • Applicants should also submit their SAT test or ACT with wiriting, two letters of recommendation and a $75 application fee.

Student Mix

  • Rice has a student:faculty ratio of 5:1.
  • Roughly half of undergraduates are women.
  • Roughly a tenth of undergraduates are international.
  • Last year, 16% of applicants were successful.


  • William Marsh Rice University, formerly the Rice Institute, and commonly called Rice, was chartered in 1891 as a gift to Houston by William Marsh Rice.
  • It opened in 1912 and is a privately-funded research university with an excellent record for scholarship.
  • It was coeducational from the beginning and has a centralised admissions system, with students not required to declare a major during their first year.

Notable Alumni

  • Larry McMurty, novelist.
  • Eva Hoffman, novelist.
  • Howard Hughes, philanthropist and entrepreneur.
  • Nine NASA astronauts.
  • Robert Floyd Curl, Jr., Nobel laureate in Chemistry.

Further Details

Address Rice University
6100 Main
Texas 77005-1892